|Read our March 27, 2020 update
Langlois lawyers would like to provide our own update to the information circulating about the pandemic crisis we are all experiencing at this time. We understand the challenges involved, especially if you, your colleagues or people around you have been affected. Our hearts go out to you and your loved ones, as we pay particular attention to the health and safety of the members of our firm and their families.
In recent weeks, the firm has adopted a strategy that not only takes into account measures to ensure the health and safety of its teams and business partners, but also the near-term priority of maintaining business and service continuity.
In accordance with the recommendations of Canadian and Quebec government authorities, here are some of the measures being taken by the firm:
Business continuity and maintaining services to clients. Our offices are open and we are able to ensure the continuity of the work and services we offer to our clients. Arrangements have already been made to encourage our members to work from home. In the event that circumstances force us to close our offices, our continuity plan includes a full deployment of remote work arrangements to ensure uninterrupted service to our clients.
Events, gatherings and travel. All Langlois events have been postponed. In accordance with the instructions of government authorities, members of the firm are no longer allowed to participate in seminars or gatherings. Only meetings that are directly related to the provision of a professional service will take place. In such cases, communication by video conference or telephone would be preferred. If a meeting were to take place in person, it would have to be attended by fewer than fifteen people. In addition, we are asking the members of our firm to avoid travelling abroad.
Health and safety measures in the workplace. In our offices, hygiene measures and instructions to ensure the health and safety of all have been reinforced. We imposed a quarantine on individuals with symptoms, on those who had been in contact with those who had symptoms, and people returning from a trip abroad. Those who have yet to return from a trip will have to isolate themselves upon their return.
It seems clear that the situation will continue to evolve in the coming days and weeks. A dedicated management unit has been tasked with close monitoring of these developments, ensuring the smooth functioning of operations and business continuity, and providing guidance to all members of the firm.
As you know, the situation we are experiencing is exceptional and the real scope of the crisis remains unknown. We would like to reiterate our support and stress the importance we attach to the professional relationship that binds us. Rest assured that we will continue to contribute to the collective efforts aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19. In these uncertain times, we wish you courage and remain at your service to help you deal with the legal implications of this crisis.
Chief Executive Officer